Friday, February 28, 2014

Sparkles' Safety Spot: Episode 128: February 28, 2014 from Lincoln, Nebraska!

Join me, Molly the Fire Safety Dog, and Firefighter Dayna in the 128th episode of the live streamed children's safety show, Sparkles' Safety Spot.

Our special guest was Firefighter Corey. a firefighter and Student at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska.

We were also so excited that boys and girls from the Child Development Center were also there and part of our LIVE studio audience! It was the very first time that we have live streamed with a room full of boys and girls watching and participating!

Firefighter Corey showed three tools that firefighters use when fighting a fire and he even shared his favorite fire safety tip: Be sure to have working smoke alarms!




You can watch Sparkles' Safety Spot LIVE every Friday morning at 9 a.m. CST HERE!

Thank you to Firefighter Corey, Terry Spoor, Program Chair for Southeast Community College's Fire Protection Technology Department and to Southeast Community College Child Development Center and Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska!

Brought to you by the Keep Kids Fire Safe™ Foundation and First Alert.

Join Molly the Fire Safety Dog on Facebook HERE!

My New Friends!

After Sparkles' Safety Spot, we stopped by the Southeast Community College Fire Protection Building and I got to say hi to some of the firefighters! They were so nice and we had fun playing in the hallway!

Remember, firefighters are your friends and they are there to help you!

Our Fire Safety Tips in Upcoming Issue of American Dog Magazine!

We are so grateful to Editor Jamie Downey of American Dog Magazine for including our fire safety tips in their upcoming Spring 2014 issue! How exciting is that?

It is Chief's very first time to be in a magazine! Whoo hoo!

This issue will have lots and lots of our fur friends and we are so excited to be in the company of such wonderful dogs!

Thank you for sharing our tips and helping keep everyone, including pets, safe!


Sparkles' Safety Spot Live from Lincoln, Nebraska Today!

Sparkles' Safety Spot starts at 9 am CST live from the Child Development Center at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, Nebraska! 

Today we will have a live studio audience!

Brought to you by First Alert and the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation.

Watch the show HERE!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Getting Ready to Skype with Children from India!

I am getting so excited! 

Getting ready to Skype with children from the country of India. We are ready!

Just 30 minutes to go!

You are So Sweet, Beverley!

Thank you to my friend Beverley for sending me to day camp while mom works on her fire safety projects! 

This evening we are going to Lincoln and will be Skyping at Southeast Community College with 100 schoolchildren from India! Thank you to SCC for helping us out since we are not at home in the clubhouse!

To Beverley and everybody that helped support me by sending a $20 donation or more, I am going to make a sign like this and will send it to you as a thank you! It may have a few teeth marks, but that will make it more special! BOL

Thank you to everyone who has helped with daycamp and gas funds. If you would like to help with our gas for this trip, please click HERE. Your donation is tax deductible.

Thank you!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Thank You!

Thank you to Karen Luling for helping toward my gas money for my trip to Lincoln tomorrow! 

I was so excited that you were able to help, Karen! We will be reaching 220 children in India with the fire safety message tomorrow!!

If you would like to help, please click HERE and I will give you a special "bark-out" tomorrow!!

Fire Safety Presentation at Southeast Community College Child Development Center

After helping Firefighter Dayna guest teach a Fire Safety Educator I class to firefighters, we went over to the Child Development Center at Southeast Community College. There, I helped Firefighter Dayna with the fire safety presentation for several preschoolers.

The TV station from Lincoln and the newspaper were there!

I had a wonderful time sharing fire safety with the boys and girls. It was a wonderful day sharing fire safety in Lincoln!

Thanks again to Betsy for helping provide gas money for our trip to help save lives today!

We are headed back to Lincoln tomorrow to Skype with a school from India. If anyone would like to help with gas money, we would be very grateful. Click HERE to make your donation today. Together, we can help save lives!

I Helped Teach a College Class Today!

Today I helped Firefighter Dayna guest teach firefighters taking a Fire and Life Safety Educator I Class at Southeast Community College in Lincoln.

While she was teaching, I decided to get comfy and listen in!











Thanks to my friend, Terry, for letting me help guest teach his college class today! Firefighter Dayna and I shared with the students some tips on making fire safety presentations. It was so much fun!

Fire Safety Presentation at Redeemer Lutheran Preschool!


Today we started our day out by doing a presentation for 20 preschoolers at the Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Thank you to our Facebook friend, Betsy, for setting this up for us!

In this picture are my new friends, Joel and Lauren. 






Isn't Lauren adorable? We matched!


Thank you, Betsy!

Thanks to my Facebook friend, Betsy Peterson, I am going to be making a presentation at Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in Lincoln (NE) before I go to Southeast Community College to help Firefighter Dayna guest teach a class to fire service college students.

Thanks to the generosity of Betsy, we will be reaching children from two pre-schools and students from a college today. We appreciate her covering the expenses of our gas today. 

Thank you Betsy!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

I Love Nebraska!

Welcome to all my new Nebraska Facebook friends!

I ❤️ being in your state!

Have you joined my Facebook page yet? Please join! I would LOVE to be your friend!

Stay safe! And, remember: Fire Safety Rocks!

Big Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I am going to Lincoln, NE to help Firefighter Dayna teach fire service students at Southeast Community College who are taking the Fire and Life Safety Educator I class!

We are so happy that out friend Terry asked us to be guests in his class! 

We are going to be sharing tips with the students on conducting fire safety presentations to pre-schoolers, our specialty!

Did you know that Firefighter Dayna is a certified Fire and Life Safety Educator II? That means that she has had lots and lots of training!
She is also an Instructor I and Company Training Officer. She wears lots of hats!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our gas money fund for our three trips to Lincoln this week! If we could raise an additional $75-80, we would be set for gas.

If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to help us out, please visit HERE. We have many amazing opportunities this week and we'd love your help please.

Thank you!


Monday, February 24, 2014

New Fire Safety Program Request Form



We have been receiving so many fire safety program requests, that we thought we would make a new program request form!

Skyping with Students from India Thursday!

Thursday evening we will be Skyping with 220 Grade 1 students from Oakridge International School (Newton Campus) in Hyderabad, India!


This will be our 9th country to Skype with and we will get to add the Indian flag in Sparkles' Clubhouse! We are so excited! Thanks to our friend, Terry at Southeast Community College in Lincoln, we will be Skyping from there! We love Skyping with our friends!

If you would like to help the Keep Kids Fire Safe™ Foundation add this flag to our collection in the clubhouse, it would be $10 tax deductible donation (the cost of the flag and shipping). If you would like to have a flag hung in your honor in the clubhouse, let us know! Should we receive more funding for the flag, we will put it into our flag account as we have more countries to Skype with in the future!

We are going to add a special plaque in the clubhouse with folks that help out our flag collection of countries that we have Skyped with!

Visit HERE to learn more about how to sponsor your flag.
Thanks so much! 

Stay safe, and remember: Fire Safety Rocks!

Thank you Facebook Friends!

Yesterday I had asked my Facebook friends if they could help and boy did they ever! I have the most compassionate and BEST FRIENDS EVER!

Thanks to my Facebook friend, Karen, I am at Day Camp at PetSmart today!


Thank you, thank you, thank you to my human friends: Karen, Theresa, Beverly, Terri, Sara, Rachele, Steve, Monica, Jena and Kelly and to my fur friend, Dino for helping out with all the dates below! You guys ROCK!

All of my friends of the two and four-legged type are PAWMAZING! Thank you so much for helping everyone!!!

February 24: Karen Luling
February 25: Theresa Brigante
February 26: Fire safety presentations all day in Lincoln, Nebraska
February 27: Beverley Walker
February 28: Terri Occhipinti
March 1: Sara Gray
March 2: Sara Gray
March 3: Rachele Gray
March 4: Rachele Gray
March 5: Rachele Gray / Jena Palisoul
March 6: Steve Worton
March 7: Steve Worton / Kelly Church
March 8: Monica Colby
March 9: Monica Colby
March 10: Monica Colby / Carrie McKitrick

Today I am asking for help to go to Lincoln. We are so excited! We will be sharing with fire service students information about our program, share tips on no cost fire safety programming and more! We love giving back!

We are trying to raise gas money to go to Lincoln three times this week. One day we will be Skyping with a school from India; another day doing the college class presentation and doing a presentation in front of preschoolers with the students; and the last day we will be live streaming Sparkles' Safety Spot from Southeast community college!

So much to do, but we  every minute of it!

If you would like to help with the expenses of going to Lincoln, please visit HERE to learn more!

Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Kindness of Others

Can anyone help me please?


I am in Omaha until March the 9th helping Firefighter Dayna with fire safety projects. While I am here, I have so much fun energy that I would love to go to PetSmart to their day camp to play with all my friends, socialize and get out of having to sit at the gallery (filled with glass and other pretties) while she works on her projects.

I'm looking for a few friends to help sponsor my play day at the day camp as Mom can't afford to send me, although she would love to!

Thanks to my friend, Karen Luling, I have tomorrow covered! Woot, woot, Karen and THANK YOU! Now I have: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday through Saturday of the following week!

The cost of the day camp is $20 a day and I would go in at 7 am and leave at 9 pm. That is a lot of fun and better than sitting around watching Firefighter Dayna work. lol.

Your donation would be tax deductible and we would make you a video to thank you that we would post right her on my page! We would also take a picture of my day at day camp!

If you would like to help, please visit http://www.keepkidsfiresafe.org to make your donation today.

We have today covered and I would love to go back tomorrow!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Big Day in Hastings, Nebraska!

Yesterday I went to Hastings, Nebraska to visit the boys and girls at Children's Ark Daycare! 

Firefighter Dayna read our children's book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog,"we talked about fire safety, sang songs and had fun!
 
We reached 79 children and we were so happy to visit them!

Thanks to our friend, Vicki, for getting it set up for us!

 
I stopped by the Children's Museum of Central Nebraska in Hastings. My new friend, Stacy, told me about it!

I loved it there! They even had a firefighting section!

Thanks to Deb for the tour and letting me play!
 
If you are ever in Hastings, check it out!

The Firefighter Section!
 
 
They have all sorts of things to play with!

It was fun to pretend!
 
You can pretend that you are a firefighter and helping put out a fire!

 


They have pretend firefighter gear that you can wear!


 Next, I went to the Hastings Fire Department. I had a pawmazing time!


 
 


Before we left, we gave their Pub Ed Officer, Linda Waldron, a copy of the book, Sparkles the Fire Safety Dog for their department's resource library from the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation! She is going to use the book so that it will help keep children safe!

 
 

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Fire Safety Presentation at Children's Ark Child Daycare in Hasting's Nebraska Tomorrow!

As you may recall, I am in Omaha, Nebraska, visiting my Grandma and Grandpaw. While I am here, I am going to be making three fire safety presentations (one in Hastings and two in Lincoln) and I am so excited!

The first one is at the Children's Ark Child Daycare in Hasting, Nebraska. Tomorrow, Firefighter Dayna and I will be getting in the SpotMobile and driving three hours to Hastings to see all the boys and girls. I can hardly wait!

Stay safe! And, remember: Fire Safety Rocks!

Photo Shoot with Avalon

My friend, Avalon, and I had some photos made for an upcoming fire safety campaign and boy, did we ever have fun!

The photos were made in downtown Springfield, Nebraska (Population 1,500) and we had the best time ever!

Avalon is from Nashville, Tennessee and I was so excited that she came all the way to Nebraska (where I am the next couple of weeks) to have her photo made.

See the spotted hat? My Grandma made the hat! She makes all sorts of hats and I was so excited that it looked so good on Avalon.

Wait until you see what we have planned! It is going to be so exciting!

Stay safe! And, remember: Fire Safety Rocks!


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

I'm Going to College!

Feeling so honored! I am so excited that I will meeting with children at the Southeast Community College Child Development Center in Lincoln, Nebraska on Wednesday afternoon, February 26 at 3:30!

Earlier that day, I'm going to college! Firefighter Dayna and I will be guests of our friend, Terry, and will do a presentation to students at SCC as part of the Fire and Life Safety Educator course in the Fire Protection Technology program. The Fire and Life Safety Educator course prepares students to use various instructional methods to present safety information to all age groups, including young children and their caregivers.

This will be the third time that I have helped Firefighter Dayna teach firefighters and fire safety educators and I am so excited! Not only my third time, but my third state to teach from!

Click HERE and you can take a virtual tour of the Southeast Community College campus!



Saturday, February 15, 2014

A "Dalmatian" Fish from Grandpaw!

Check out my what Grandpaw is making me! I can't wait to see it after it comes out of the kiln!




Thank you, Grandpaw!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Fire Safety Tips!

The other day, Firefighter Dayna and I spent some time out in the clubhouse taking pictures for Valentine's Day.

We had SO MUCH FUN! We couldn't decide which picture to use so we decided to share them all!

For all the grown-ups out there, be sure to help keep your children and your pets safe on this special day!

Since grown-ups like to use candles, I thought I'd share some very important candle safety tips. 

Did you know that, according to statistics, there are over 15,260 home candle fires each year? That's a lot!

Here are some tips!


  • Consider using battery-operated or electric flameless candles and fragrance warmers, which can look, smell and feel like real candles – without the flame.
  • If you do use candles, ensure they are in sturdy metal, glass or ceramic holders and placed where they cannot be easily knocked down.
  • Avoid using candles in bedrooms and sleeping areas.
  • Extinguish candles after use and before going to bed
  • Keep candles at least 12 inches away from anything that can burn
  • Keep candles out of reach from children and pets


Please be sure to follow me on Facebook! I would love to be your friend! 

Happy Valentine's Day, stay safe, and remember: Fire Safety Rocks!



My very First "Molly Safety Minute!"

My very first "Molly Safety Minute!"

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Spending the Day with Grandma and Grandpaw

I'm so excited!

I'm spending the afternoon with Momma at my Grandma and Grandpaw's place, Springfield ArtWorks in Springfield, Nebraska. 

Grandma is getting ready to do Omaha Fashion Week and I'm going to help her get ready for her big day! She is a hat designer. Wait until you see some of the beautiful hats she has made! We will be sure to take lots of pictures 

I'm chillin' in the back room of my grandparent's gallery, Springfield Artworks. The building is 130 years old and is thought to be the oldest "inside mall" in America. The buildings are no longer connected by doorways on the inside, and are now separate. Isn't that cool?

The floor that I'm lying on is 107 years old!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

We Made it to Omaha!

We made it to Omaha!

I am so excited to be in Nebraska. We are going to be sharing fire safety with hundreds of children!

Good night everyone!

Stay safe! And, remember: Fire Safety Rocks!

Omaha Bound!

Today we are leaving for Omaha, Nebraska! 

We have several things going on up there, the most important sharing fire safety with lots of boys and girls in Omaha, Lincoln and Hastings! I am so excited!

We are going to be sure to buckle up and be very careful so that we will stay safe.

This is a map showing our route. We will be starting in Arkansas, and going through the states of Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.

Hope you are having a great day, boys and girls!

Stay safe! And, remember: Fire Safety Rocks!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Queen of the Day

I was such a good girl that Momma made me Queen for the Day of the Clubhouse. BOL

Hope that you are having a good day boys and girls and that you are staying safe!


Friday, February 7, 2014

Getting Ready to Live Stream Sparkles' Safety Spot!

Getting ready to live stream our safety show, Sparkles' Safety Spot! Hope you can join us!

Our special guest today is Firefighter Bo Hagar from the Little Rock Fire Department.

Sparkles' Safety Spot is brought to you by the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation and First Alert.

Watch our show HERE!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

The UK was in the House!

Today we did our fire safety Skype program with 30 students and one adult from Norbridge Academy in the United Kingdom! 

I was really excited to hear that they have many of the same fire safety tips that we do here in the United States!

We had an amazing time! At the end, we even made them United States Junior Firefighters! How cool is that?!?!

We barely made it out to the clubhouse this morning. It is very cold here and we have freezing rain. Fortunately, we made it out to the clubhouse okay. Getting back to the house will be another whole situation altogether. BOL

The Keep Kids Fire Safe™ Foundation would like to thank our corporate partners, First Alert and State Farm. Without their funding and the funding of donors like you, we would be unable to do this life-saving program!

Another big thank you to Skype in the classroom for all they do to help support our program by sharing it with teachers all over the world!

Learn more about the Fire Safety Dog Skype Program HERE. Our program is free of charge to schools and organizations!

Monday, February 3, 2014

Big Day Tomorrow!

Tomorrow I'm Skying with students from a school in the UK!

Tomorrow we will be flying the Union Jack all day along with the US flag outside the clubhouse!

Our first international Skype visit of the year!! Woo hoo!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

It's a Big Day!

Today I am 1 year and 7 months old! 

Once I am 2 years old I will no longer be a puppy and I will be all grown up!

I Love the Puppy Bowl!

I love watching the Puppy Bowl!

Who else is watching?















Anthony the Dalmatian was in the Puppy Bowl! I was there to help cheer him on!

Exciting News!

Wanted to share some great news with you!

In 2013, the Keep Kids Fire Safe Foundation and myself, reached a total of 1,383 more children and 217 more adults than the previous year (an increase of 56.5% more children and 189% more adults!).

This was made possible thanks to our corporate partners, First Alert and State Farm and our friends at Skype in the Classroom!

This also would not have been possible without all of you helping share the work that we do. Thank you so much! Together we can help keep more children safe!


Until next time, stay safe! And, remember: Fire Safety Rocks!